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“Oh my ears and whiskers! I'm late, I'm late I'm late!”

~ The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit
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Illustration by Sir John Tenniel.
General Information
Species Rabbit
Gender Male
Hair color White
Eye color Pink
Occupation Messenger for Queen of Hearts
Friend(s) Bill the Lizard
Pat the Gardener
Mad Hatter
March Hare
Tweedledee and Tweedledum
The Dormouse
Enemies The Red Queen
Queen of Hearts
Knave of Hearts
Behind The Scenes
First appearance Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Portrayed by Ernest Milton (1949)
Bill Thompson (1951)
Red Buttons (1985)
Michael Sheen ((2010) and (2016))
John Lithgow (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)

The White Rabbit is a fictional character from the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Michael Sheen voices the White Rabbit in the 2010 movie and the Disney film. The White Rabbit is also the first animal Alice meets.

Origin of the Phrase[]

The White Rabbit is very famous in popular culture for his quote "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" in the 1951 Disney film. He appears at the very beginning of the book, running close by Alice on the riverbank and muttering, "Oh dear, oh dear! I shall be too late!"

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Illustration by Sir John Tenniel.

while wearing a waistcoat and holding a pocket watch.  He also said "Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!".


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland[]

A young seven-year-old girl named Alice sees the White Rabbit while sitting on a riverbank with her older sister. She curiously ran after him, and ended up seeing him jump down his rabbit hole underneath a hedge. Alice crawls into the hole after him and suddenly found herself falling and falling down what seemed to be a very deep hole. While Alice fell, she saw several cupboards and bookshelves in the hole and other things, like books and a glass jar that was labeled "ORANGE MARMALADE", which unfortunately was empty.

Alice continues to pursue the White Rabbit, however, and the two meet again at the croquet tournament in Chapter Eight. It is here that he's revealed to be a herald of the King and Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland (1949)[]


The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (1949)

The White Rabbit appears in Dallas Bower's film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland as a stop-motion puppet created by Lou Bunin. He is voiced by Ernest Milton, who also portrays the live-action Vice Chancellor, of whom the Rabbit is the Wonderland counterpart.

This depiction of the White Rabbit is a bit more villainous than usual, with him framing Alice for the theft of the Queen's tarts while knowing that the Knave of Hearts was the true culprit. He is a sycophant who will do anything to advance himself. The White Rabbit sings a song called "Play the Game", about saying what the Queen wants to hear in order to flatter and gain favor with her.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)[]

Alice (2009 Miniseries)[]

The White Rabbit is the name of a secret organization that works for the Queen of Hearts and abducts people from the real world so that they can gamble in the queen's casino. There is also a character named Agent White.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)[]

The White Rabbit appears in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie named Nivens McTwisp, voiced by Michael Sheen.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)[]

The White Rabbit appears in the sequel of the 2010 movie, though he played a small role in it.

The Looking Glass Wars[]

In the novel series, he is re-imagined as Bibwit Harte, the royal tutor to the Heart family, teaching them everything they have to know to be a good monarch. His name is an anagram of White Rabbit.

Video Games[]

  • In the video game "American McGee's Alice", he appears corpse-like and guides Alice throughout the game. He gets crushed by the Mad Hatter and dies, but is revived after Alice defeats the Red Queen, along with other characters.
  • The White Rabbit appears In \Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy encounter him as they arrive in Wonderland. At the trial, he announces that court is in session, and in both incidences, Alice stands on trial, presided by the Queen of Hearts. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the White Rabbit is encountered by Roxas, and is later seen reporting to the Queen of Hearts about a certain trio of Heartless that the Queen's soldiers are searching for. The White Rabbit's report is a hint that allows Roxas to successfully complete his mission in Wonderland.
  • In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland game, McTwisp attacks using his watch. His special ability is to Freeze Time allowing him to rejuvenate flowers, repair clocks, and make a Red Knight move backwards back into the heart vortex where it came from. Although it can come back again, it is useful when attacked by several enemies.
  • In the otome game, Heart no Kuni no Alice, he appears as Peter White, a tutor of the Castle of Hearts who kidnaps Alice into Wonderland and falls in love with her. He seems to be very protective and clingy of Alice, often claiming that she's his.
  • In the RPG game Alice Mare, the rabbit appears as a guide to Allen (Alice). Though he's not show often in the game itself, he's seen to be a demon that changes all the Alices lives from better to worse. As he does in most of his other appearances, he still acts like a guide for (the) Alice(s).

Anime and Manga[]

  • In the manga 'Are You Alice?', the White Rabbit is posed as a sort of villain, the whole game of the series is to kill him. Unlike other appearances, this form poses him as a human with long, lop-eared rabbit ears and short hair, along with a small top hat and a sword, along with clothing more fit for a guard.



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Characters

Alice The Mad Hatter The White Rabbit The Queen of Hearts The King of Hearts The Caterpillar The March Hare The Knave of Hearts The Cheshire Cat The Dormouse The Lory The Eaglet The Duck The Dodo Bill the Lizard Mary Ann Dinah Alice's Sister The Duchess The Cook The Executioner Father William Frog Footman Fish Footman The Pig Baby The Gryphon The Mock Turtle Tortoise The Playing Cards The Puppy